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Retake MCAT or not? How much will the rolling admission delay hurt me.

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances?' started by VerbalKing, 05.13.14.

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  1. VerbalKing

    VerbalKing

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    I currently have a 3.5 cGPA and a whopping 3.2 sGPA.
    I took the MCAT already and got a 32 - 10 PS 13 VR 9 BS.

    I already have my LoR done, and my application is essentially ready to be sent in June 1st if need be. I have fairly strong extracurriculars and I imagine above average research experience. I am really only THIS worried because of my GPA.

    HOWEVER! I looked at my chances and they don't seem very high, particularly because of the science GPA. If I retake the MCAT it would be on June 13th, and since I don't think I can send in my application as is and later update it that would delay me to mid July. I was told that delaying past June is a big no-no.

    I live in Ohio, and I was told that with my current GPA/MCAT I might get into Toledo/Wright State, maybe. And I would not stand a chance at OSU/Cincinnati/Case.

    I think if I get a few points higher on the MCAT I'd be in much better shape and potentially have a chance at my current school, OSU.



    Can I submit my applications and secondaries and then update with a new MCAT since I already have one?
    if no:

    If I get a point or two...or three more on MCAT is it worth the 1.5 month delay?

    Overall thoughts?
     
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  3. gyngyn

    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Re-taking a good MCAT when your deficiency is the sgpa seems like a bad idea.
    an early application is priceless.
     
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  4. VerbalKing

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    Really... if that's the case then that's that. For some reason I thought maybe I could apply with my score and retake and then update.
     
  5. WesternRedCedar

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    Retaking the 32 wont help your low sGPA. Get your sGPA up with more coursework, or just apply very early and hope for the best.
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    You can but, many schools will make their interview decision based on the information available at the time of the review. Even so, your MCAT is fine. A marginally better score (or heaven forbid, a worse score) won't change the mind of a screener who is focused on the gpa.
    A late application should be avoided at all cost.
     
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  7. VerbalKing

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    Okay then. Thank you both very much for the response! Early application it is!

    I will have to read up on the possibility of potentially updating with another score, but I will definitely send in my application as early as possible.
     
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